AMES, Iowa--Brownells and the Iowa 4-H Foundation announced today a new endowment for the 4-H Safety and Education in Shooting Sports (SESS) program in Iowa.
SESS is offered to Iowa 4-H’ers through the 4-H Youth Development program, a part of Iowa State University Extension. SESS is the fastest growing 4-H project in Iowa.
Brownells gift will provide equipment and funding for the 4-H state SESS team, which travels to annual competitions. Funds also will support an endowment fund that will provide perpetual support for the program. An Iowa-based company, Brownells Inc., is the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories, gunsmithing tools and factory gun parts.
“We’re excited to support the 4-H shooting sports program,” said Frank Brownell, company president. “We know it will help more young people be safe around firearms and enjoy this life-long sport, both in competition and recreationally.”
“Brownells’ support will help us reach our goal of involving 3,000 youth in SESS programs by 2010,” said Bryan Whaley, shooting sports coordinator. “Their gift will strengthen and help sustain this program, allowing many more young people to participate.”
“4-H helps youth and families develop an appreciation for the environment and good ethical decision making through their participation in shooting, hunting and related activities,” said Pete Brownell, company vice president. “We know that the youth who enjoy these activities now will grow up to enjoy them in the future, and they’ll take better care of our world because of that.”
The Iowa 4-H SESS program began in 2005 and has grown to include almost 1,000 youth across the state. The overall Iowa 4-H program reaches more than 126,000 youth annually and involves more than 12,000 volunteers. It is the largest youth development program in Iowa.
More information on the Iowa 4-H SESS program can be found online. Information about Brownells is available by phone at (800) 741-0015, or online at http://www.brownells.com/.